Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎
| Katsura Kotarou |
|Seiyuu|| 石田 彰|
|Affiliations|| Katsura Faction |
Old Joushishi (Former)
| 桂一派 |
|Birthday||26 Jun / Cancer|
See Historical Precedent
Katsura Kotarou (桂 小太郎) is the leader of the moderate Joui (攘夷) faction and a fugitive wanted by the authorities. He is known as 「狂乱の貴公子」 Kyouran no Kikoushi aka 'The Nobleman of Fury', 「攘夷志士の暁」 Jouishishi no Akatsuki aka 'The Dawn of Jouishishi' or simply 「逃げの小太郎」 nige no kotarou aka 'The Escaping Kotarou'. He is a highly skilled samurai who fought alongside Gintoki in the Joui War and was his childhood classmate under the same tutelage of Yoshida Shouyou. He is also an expert in using bombs and escaping from Shinsengumi 真選組 and penitentiaries. In Episode 5 Gintoki described Katsura as a 爆弾魔 bakudan ma, aka Bomb Demon, when Shinpachi asked what kind of a person is Katsura. (In the manga version, Gintoki replied "terrorist".)
Gintoki calls Katsura by his nickname Zura ( ヅラ). The term ヅラ zura is a shortened form derived from 装身具 katsura (it has the same reading as 桂) which refers to the hair-piece (or wig) in Japanese. The irony is that whenever Katsura corrects Gintoki et al that his name is not Zura, but Katsura, both terms actually mean the same thing. He is so hung up on his name that his catchphrase is 'It's not Zura! It's Katsura!', even when he is supposed to be undercover and using an assumed name, he always unwittingly corrects the other speaker in this manner, thereby blowing his own cover.
He also go by the name "DJ Ozura" as his rapper identity. When Katsura is crossdressing, he goes by the name "Zurako" (ツラ子). On episode 98, Katsura calls himself "Katsuo" (カツオ) when he cosplayed as Mario during the Bentendo Owee event. On many occasions when he dresses up as a pirate, Katsura would call himself "Captain KatsuUra".
In Episode 120, he goes by the not-so-clever alias of 'Joey (Joui) Katsura' when he was working undercover as an Amanto in an exclusive Amanto-only Restaurant, with the intention to force it to close down by blowing it up, before the extremist factions come and caused trouble.
He has long black hair (Okada Nizou asked whether Katsura is really a man, for having such silky hair in Episode 59), dark brown eyes and has an attractive demeanor. He typically wears a blue kimono with a yellow sash. The fact that he typically wears a pale blue haori on top of his kimono and white socks with slippers suggests that he is particular about how he dresses and carries himself. He is never seen lying around or sitting in a unrefined manner, and he typically keeps his arms in his sleeves when not carrying anything.
Since he is a fugitive on the run from the authorities, Katsura usually uses disguises to hide from Shinsengumi or to wander freely in public.
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He is, at times, downright moronic, frequently getting roughed up by Gintoki et al as a result. He is also very persistant and kept pestering Gintoki to join him in his Jouishishi rebellion. He is a charismatic leader and commands great respect from his followers. In fact he was able to rally a big group of followers in a very short time during his prison stint in Episode 110. He is always accompanied by Elizabeth from Episode 15 onwards, very attached to it and goes to its rescue when it was 'kidnapped' in Episode 44. Katsura's affection to Elizabeth is so great he refuses to acknowledge that Elizabeth is just a man in sheets despite seeing a picture of the man in sheets in an x-ray in Episode 129. Thrifty in habit, he eats simple meals like soba, and once chastised Elizabeth against eating 'strawberry milk and parfait' so as not to weaken the body and the spirit (see Episode 58), though he has a soft-spot for んまい棒 Nmaibo, a corn snack modeled after うまい棒 umaibo.
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|List of Gintama Characters|
|Jouishishi Katsura Faction 攘夷志士 桂一派||Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎 • Elizabeth エリザベス • Dragon Leader ドラゴン隊長 • Debugon デブゴン|
|Jouishishi 旧攘夷志士 (Early Generation)||Saigou Tokumori 西郷 特盛 • Doromizu Jirochou 泥水 次郎長 • Terada Tatsugorou 寺田 辰五郎|
|Jouishishi 旧攘夷志士 (Late Generation)||Sakata Gintoki 坂田 銀時 • Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎 • Takasugi Shinsuke 高杉 晋助 • Sakamoto Tatsuma 坂本 辰馬|
|Soukaitou 創界党||Tendou Soutatsu 天堂 蒼達 • Tendou Koda 天堂 紅達 • Rokkaku Muneharu 六角 宗春|
|Others||Narasaki Donbei 楢崎 鈍兵衛|
|Yoshida Shouyou's proteges||Yoshida Shouyou 吉田 松陽 • Sakata Gintoki 坂田 銀時 • Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎 • Takasugi Shinsuke 高杉 晋助|
- Translated from 空知英秋 Sorachi Hideaki, 銀ちゃねる! Gin Channel! (Gintama Official Character Book), 集英社 Shueisha, Jump Comics, page 130.
- Translated from 空知英秋 Sorachi Hideaki, 銀魂五年生 Gintama 5th Graders (Gintama Official Character Book 2), 集英社 Shueisha Jump Comics, page 90.